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General Information
Hyderabad Hyderabad city is a great place to visit in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city, which is also the state capital, exists as a major commercial hub in South India. The place has witnessed a continuous growth for last so many years and at present constitutes the fifth largest metropolitan city of India. Hyderabad has become a tourist hotspot following ever increasing number of tourists during past few years.

Hyderabad has earned a reputation in many fields, much in technology. Some times called as the 'City of Pearls', trade and prosperity has long been characteristics of the city. The place presents the grounds where the northern and southern cultures of India eventually meet. The influence of great Indian dynasties can still be found in the city. Despite the dominant cosmopolitan culture the city has somehow preserved several traditions and practices of early civilizations. The city being connected to places like Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore, have helped a lot in its growth and development. Apart from trade and commerce Hyderabad also represents a major learning centre in the Indian sub continent.

How to reach Hyderabad
By Air : Hyderabad is an important center in the air transport network of South India. Indian Airlines and private airlines, NEPC and Jet Airways operate daily and weekly flights connecting Hyderabad with Delhi; Chennai; Bangalore; Mumbai; and other cities like Visakhapatnam, Calcutta and Nagpur. Hyderabad Airport at Begumpet is surrounded by residential areas of the twin cities of Hyderabad / Secunderabad. Tourist taxis (including pre-paid service) and auto-rickshaws are easily available.

Driving time to most hotels in Hyderabad is less than 30 minutes by either transport. The newly constructed International aerodrome and totally redone train services have added to the pleasure and convenience of Hyderabad travel.

By Rail: The world's second largest railway under one management, the Indian Railways, carries more than ten million people every day.The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are extensively covered by the railway network. The Charminar Express provides an excellent overnight connection to Chennai. Some of the other major centers linked to Hyderabad/Secunderabad are Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Calcutta, Cochin and Rajkot. Secunderabad railway station, the more used of the two, is centrally located. The city bus service operates from the railway station.

By Road: On the cross roads of National Highways 7 and 9, Hyderabad is well-connected. Buses of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operate to all centers in the region.

Weather Overview
Summers:
Average Maximum Temperature: 40 deg C
Average Minimum Temperature: 25 deg C

Winters:
Average Maximum Temperature: 28 deg C
Average Minimum Temperature: 13 deg C
Annual Rainfall: 79 cm (approximately)

Tropical is the right term to define the climate of Hyderabad. Located at an elevation of 544 meters, the city observes three main seasons - summers, monsoons and winters. The summer season extends from March to May, whereas monsoons prevail from June to October and winter season lingers from November to February. Hyderabad primarily observes warm climate, since monsoon showers appear behind schedule. The temperature goes down with the arrival of winters.

Even winter season doesn't make the climate chilly like the northern part of India; it only offers a pleasant weather. Monsoons don't bring heavy showers and irregular rains often cause humidity in the region. The temperature doesn't change much with the change in season, thus providing a moderate temperature in the region. During the months of November - February, the nights are comparatively cool and pleasant. Cotton clothes always go along the weather of Hyderabad, yet light woolens are required in winters.

Places Of Interest
Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir Hyderabad reflects a synthesis of varied cultures. It presents a beautiful blend of the northern and southern styles of architecture. One such marvelous edifice is the Birla Mandir. An enchanting temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, the Birla Mandir stands in all its grandeur on the hilltop of Kalapahad. Made of pure white marble from Rajasthan, the Birla Mandir overlooks the serene and placid waters of the Hussain Sagar lake. The magnificent shrine offers a fantastic panoramic view of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The intricate carvings of the temple, the ceiling and the mythological figures are a standing testimony to the dexterity and sculptural excellence of the craftsmen. Beautiful scenes from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are finely sculpted in marble.

A number of lofty steps lead the visitor to the sanctum sanctorum. Along the winding path are many a marble statue of gods and goddesses of Hindu mythology located in the midst of verdant gardens, full of blossoms. The Birla Mandir presents a colorful spectacular sight when illuminated at night.

The temple is open for visitors from
7 a.m. to 12 noon
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. all days of the week.

Birla Planetarium
Located in the heart of Hyderabad city, on the panoramic hillock of Naubat Pahad, the Birla Planetarium is a tribute to the advances made in science and technology since the dawn of civilization. This beautiful dome shaped architecture was opened by Late Mr. N.T. Rama Rao, on 8th September 1985. The Planetarium offers visitors, daily sky shows, both in Telugu and English, unfolding various aspects of the Cosmos, the beautiful mysteries of the Universe, the comets, the Hubble Space Telescope, Eclipses, the puzzling Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO's) and the very recent clash of the Titans. As the sky show begins, the visitors are transported into the galaxy as they watch a large umbrella of an open dark sky with full of shining stars looking down upon them. The sound effects give the feel of being in an outer space, which adds to the thrill and excitement.

The latest addition to the planetarium is the Dinosorium - a new wing which houses among other exhibits, a 160 million years old mounted "Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis", excavated in Adilabad district and presented to Science Museum by the Geological Survey of India. Apart from this highlight, the Dinosaurium also has a collection of smaller fossils of dinosaur eggs, marine shells and fossilised tree trunks.

One among the most visited places in the city, the planetarium holds sky shows everyday at different timings in different languages. It remains closed on the last Thursday of the month from 10:30 am to 3:00pm. Eatables are not allowed inside the planetarium but it houses a roof top restaurant with a wide range of menu.

The place never stops amazing people with its wonderful sky shows of mysteries of universe. It is the one place in the city which should not be missed by children.

Charminar
Charminar The Charminar is an imposing monument, which reflects the glory of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. It is a massive square structure, 56 m (183.72 ft) high and 30 m (98.42 ft) wide. This monument is built entirely of granite and lime mortar. It has 4 minarets one on each of its corners. These fluted minarets are attached to the main building and rise towards the sky to a height of 56 m (183.72 ft). Each minaret of the Charminar has a double balcony. A small bulbous cupola crowns each of these beautiful minarets, which is decorated with petal like formations. A short pointed spire crowns all the minarets.

The four grand arches of the Charminar face the four cardinal directions. Once upon a time each of these arches led to four royal roads. Each of the four arches is decorated on its sides with a row of small arched niches. The Charminar is a two-storied building with the first floor being covered. The elegant balconies on this floor provide excellent vantage point for viewing the surrounding areas. There is a small mosque on the top floor of the building, which can be reached by climbing a total of 149 steps. The mosque is situated on the western side facing the Muslim holy city of Mecca. There are as many as 45 prayer spaces on this floor, which does not have a roof on top of it. It is said that people thronged this mosque to offer Friday prayers, during the reign of the Qutub Shahi dynasty in Hyderabad. This mosque is the oldest surviving mosque in the city of Hyderabad. The panoramic view of the city from the top is simply breathtaking.

The Charminar is a unique blend of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture that flourished in India during the medieval period. The beauty of this enchanting monument is accentuated every evening when it is illuminated.

Gandhi Pet
Whether it is summer or winter, the one place that is crowded with streaming visitors is Osman Sagar, popularly known as Gandipet. It is a beautiful lake located 20 kms west of Hyderabad city. This water body was formed as a result of damming of the river Moosi in 1920 by Mir Osman Ali Khan. The idea was to supply water to the then Hyderabad. The lake is spread over an area of 46 square kilometers and is the main drinking water for the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Gandipet is the most sought after picnic spot for Hyderabadis. It has been developed as a public recreation area with well laid out lush green gardens and swimming pool. Throughout the year- weekdays or weekends - Gandipet beckons holidayers from every nook and corner of the twin cities. Anyone visiting Gandipet is pleased to see a vast stretch of placid water that shimmer like gold with the rays of the morning sun. The breeze is cool and soothing. Sprawling lawns with colorful flora and youthful trees towards the lower side of the dam make the place picturesque. The lake offers boating facilities to the visitors who look forward to an ideal joyride.

Most picknickers who come with family and friends to Gandipet spend a whole day here revelling with food, playing games and having a lot of entertainment. Usually people carry delicious special varieties of food to Gandipet. Aprt from that they also buy snacks and drinks from the only cafeteria at the place. There are some visitors who stay overnight at Gandipet not being content with a whole day's adventure. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism provides a guest house called "Sagar Mahal" which was the summer resort of the erstwhile Nizam. It has about ten double rooms with food arrangement.

Most people also visit Gandipet after the rainy season when the reservoir is full. In this period swimming and boat riding are a common sight. Some students from nearby colleges come to Gandipet for a different purpose. For ragging! The students bring along their juniors and have a good interaction. They have fun and at the same time get to know each other better.

The A.P. Travel and Tourism Development Corporation has included Gandipet as part of the special sight seeing tour for tourists visiting the place.

Falaknuma Palace
Falaknuma Palace One of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, the monument is situated on a hill of 2000 feet high, located 5 km south of Charminar. Built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, the fifth Paigah Emir, it was purchased by Nizam VI in 1897 as was used as a royal guest house and is now the property of Nawab Mukarramjah Bahadur, the grandson of Nizam VII.

The palace was designed by an Italian architect and its foundation was laid on the 3rd of March, 1884, it took 9 years to complete the construction of the Palace. The palace boasts of one of the most lavishly decorated interiors.

This exquisite palace made of Italian marble was built by one of the Paigah nobles Nawab Vicar Ul Umra in 1892. A majesty testimony to the glory of the Nizams, it stands atop a hill 2000 feet high. It has often been referred to as the 'Mirror of the Sky'. The palace was designed by a Italian architect and follows a western architectural style. Falaknuma houses a large collection of rare treasures collected by the Nizam including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The Jade collection of the Palace is considered to be unique in the world.

The palace is laid out in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings on the north. The middle part is occupied by the main building and the kitchen and harem quarters stretch to the south. The Nawab being an avid traveller, varies influences show on the palace architecture. Louis XIV-style decor with a lavish Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains. Its glass stained windows throw a spectrum of colours into the rooms. The palace has a library with a walnut carved roof, a replica of the one at Windsor Castle. The library had one of the finest collections of the holy Quran in India.

Golconda Fort
Founded originally by the Kakatiyas in the year 1140, Golconda was expanded by the Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort of granite with walls and ramparts extending to a length of 5km in circumference. This fort was built by Kakatiya kings. From this fort they ruled the nearby areas even when their capital was based in Warangal. This massive fort is 11 km in perimeter and its walls are 15 to 18 ft high. The whole fort is built in granite and is flanked by 70 ramparts and 8 huge gates. Previously the whole fort was surrounded by a deep gorge but slowly this was filled up. While entering from the main gate of the fort, if one claps below the Grand Portico, echoes are heard in a Darbar hall some 128 meters away..

The fortress city within the walls was famous for the diamond trade and is said to been the origin of the famous Koh-i-noor diamond. The historic fort lies 11kms west of the city of Hyderabad. The name originates from the Telugu words "Golla" meaning Shepard and "Konda" or hill - The 'shepherd's hill'. The fort was later taken over by the Bahamani kings, subsequently passing into the hands of the Qutub Shahis, who held it from 1512 to 1687 AD. The first three Qutub Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda over a span of 62 years.

Famous features of Golconda include it's system of acoustics, palaces, factories and the water supply system. The famous Rahban cannon was used during the last seize of Golconda by Aurangazeb to whom the fort ultimately fell.

Mecca Masjid
This principal mosque stands 100 yards Southwest of the Charminar. The mosque is said to comprise bricks brought from Mecca built into the central arch and hence the name. The five arched facades were carved out of a single piece of granite, a stone which took five years to quarry. The courtyard houses a large pond flanked by two stone and slab seats. Legend has it that a visitor who sits on one of these seats will definitely return to Hyderabad. A room in the courtyard is said to contain sacred relics, one of which is the hair of Prophet Muhammad.

The construction of the Mecca Masjid was begun under the orders of Sultan Quli Qutub Shah in 1617 and was completed in 1694 under direct orders of Emperor Aurangazeb. The mosque is one of the largest in the country and can accommodate ten thousand people at one time. It is the biggest mosque in Hyderabad and is adjacent to Charminar just across the road. The constructions of this mosque was started by Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah, The work continued during the reign of Abdullah Qutub Shah and Abul Hassan Tana Shah and was completed in 1694 by the Moghal Emperor Aurangzeb.

The hall of the mosque is about 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, each of the two octagonal columns on either side are made out of a single piece of granite. It took about 8000 Masons and labourers and was completed in 77 years.

It is said that when the foundation stone was being laid, Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah invited all the pious religious elders of the city. It was announced that the king wanted the foundation stone to be laid by one who had never missed his prayers. None came forward, therefore Sultan Muhammad himself laid the foundation for he had never missed even his midnight prayer since the age of 12.

Lakes
Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake Hussain Sagar is a large lake in the midst of the city and was constructed in 1562 A.D. The Tank Bund links the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The broad road on the bund is lined with lawns and 33 statues of famous personalities of the State stand along the bund of the lake. The well laid out Lumbini park located in the Buddha Purnima project has a musical fountain.

Buddha Statue at the Hussain Sagar
The 16 meter tall, 350 tone monolithic colossus rises high from the placid waters of the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake. The statue of Lord Buddha is placed on the rock of Gibraltar in the middle of the Lake.

Himayat Sagar
A lake parallel to the Osman Sagar lake is a slightly smaller lake called the Himayat Sagar. It is named after the youngest son of the seventh Nizam, Himayat Ali Khan. The grassy area adjoining the lake is an ideal picnic spot and the road atop the bund can make a good road for a drive. Cottages in the tourist complex of A.P. Tourism can be booked through the A.P.Travel and Tourism Development Corporation. Take a long drive to Himayat Sagar on a holiday. This lovely combination of clean air, sparkling water and a lush area makes the perfect picnic spot.

Shamirpet
In the northerly direction from the city of Secunderabad is the Shamirpet lake. It is a combination of a water reserve and a deer park where several species of deer can be seen in their natural habitat. An ideal spot for a picnic, the shady groves keep the area cool and pleasant. A quite getaway with a lush vegetation and a large water reserve makes Sharmirpet worth visiting.

Museums
Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum Salar Jung Museum the single largest one man collections of the world. If this one man had not chosen to remain a bachelor the world would have been bereft of one of the greatest collection of antiques. We are talking about art objects collected by Yusuf Ali Salar Jung, the Prime minister to the Nizam. Though Salar Jung III is credited with this fantastic collections, it all started with his father and grandfather.

Health Museum
Exhibits include models, charts, specimens and photographs meant primarily for children. Films are shown on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Open timing:10 to 5pm. Closed Friday and public holidays

The Nizam's Museum
Dedicated to the last and seventh Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, it has a rich collection of souvenirs, mementos, and models presented on the silver jubilee of Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan's reign.

State Archaeological Museum
A general collection of sculpture, painting, arms and artifacts from different period, some dating back to the 2nd century BC. Major collections, however are from the Asaf Jahi period. Open: 10.30 to 5pm. Closed Mondays and public holidays.

Andhra Pradesh State Museum
A treasure -house of antiques and art objects. The building itself is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.

Cinema Ghar
Established as a tribute to India cinema by M.F. Husain.

Purani Haveli (Nizam's Museum)
This sprawling complex of mid - 19th - century Neo - Classical buildings was the main residence of the sixth Nizam, Mahbub Ali Pasha. A glimpse of his lavish lifestyle can be seen in the eastern wing of the main building, in the Massarat Mahal. This has the Nizam's gigantic wooden wardrobe, a 73 - sq m (786 - sq ft) room with closets on two levels, and a mechanical elevator affording access to the upper tier. Its contents once included 75 identical tweed suits - the Nizam liked the pattern so much that he bought the Scottish factory's entire stock of it. Purani Haveli also houses the Nizam's Museum, which displays china, silver objects d'art, and several fascinating photographs that capture the legandary opulence of the Nizam and his court.

Parks
Lumbini Park
Lumbini Park is a recent addition to the amusement parks of Hyderabad. Situated on the banks of the Hussain Sagar, it offers great view of the lake, especially after sundown. It is open to public from Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Indira Park
Indira Park In the heart of the city this large park is named after Indira Gandhi. It lies on the lower Tank Bund road beside the Hussain Sagar. It covers what looks like an endless area of trees, ponds and groves. Boat rides are offered at the small lake located in the center of the park. Several small stalls and stores stock cool drinks and snacks. Covering acre after acre of lush vegetation, it makes a good picnic and play spot.

Public Gardens
The Public Gardens are the largest gardens in the city. Within it's premises are a number of important public buildings including the State Legislative Assembly. A stone's throw away from the Hyderabad railway station, is one of the best laid out gardens in the country. With buildings of the State Legislature, State Archaeological Museum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam-an open air theatre.

Nehru Zoological Park
Sprawling across 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological park is one of the biggest zoos in Asia with over 250 species. 2450 animals and birds are kept in natural environment. The lion safari park, the first in Asia, natural history museum, pre-historical animals park, nocturnal birds, a children park with a train ride are other impressive sights. It's special sections and amusement facilities are a popular draw.

Sanjeevaiah Park
Sprawling across 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological park is one of the biggest zoos in Asia with over 250 species. 2450 animals and birds are kept in natural environment. The lion safari park, the first in Asia, natural history museum, pre-historical animals park, nocturnal birds, a children park with a train ride are other impressive sights. It's special sections and amusement facilities are a popular draw.

Deer Park
Located in Vanasthalipuram, about 15 kilometers from the center of the town, the Deer park is a tourist's attraction. The deer park, has an undulating terrain, of 189 hectares dominated by acacia trees. The park looks picturesque in the monsoon with the golden and white flowers of these trees on the lush green carpet of grass. There is no entry fee. Except on Mondays the park is open every day of the week for visitors from 9.a.m. to 5 p.m

Qutb Shahi Tombs
The tombs erected in memory of the departed kings of Golconda are magnificent monuments that have stood the test of time and the vagaries of nature. They stand a kilometer north of Golconda Fort's Banjara Darwaza. These imposing marvels of architectural excellence stand as solemn reminders of the grandeur and glory of Golconda and the kings who are buried here.

The tombs form a large and close group standing on a raised plateau. These tombs and other monuments of the Qutb Shahi kings mark a unique architectural style which is a mixture quadrangular rising 9 to 15 metres above the terrace.

Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City The Ramoji Film City (RFC) located on Hyderabad-Vijayawada Highway is a nice outing.

The tickets were bought and after a brisk security check up people are allowed to get into the waiting bus of RFC. The bus rode up the wide black asphalt road winding around a hill. After all the twists and turns, ditto like in our movies, the sprawling RFC came into picture.

The bus entered into the fantasy land; eye balls darted from left to right trying to drink up all the sights in one swing. Everybody was dropped off at 'Eureka' (the starting and ending point of this package tour) only to be transferred into a red bus, (quite like the one you would find on London roads). The red bus took the wide eyed tourists around the RFC,

Showing the various gardens ranging from Japanese to Tea gardens, temples sans idols, schools which turned into police stations at the drop of the board, colleges which double up as havelis and airports whose rear entrance is used for the hospital shot and side for church. All can have a through in a south Indian village, a north Indian village, sky scrapers, slums, Ajanta and Ellora caves and a bazaar.

An hour had slipped by and still had a lot of ground to cover; literally. The bus drops the tourists off at the highest point close to Hava Mahal, from where one can discover the gardens on foot. The immaculate gardens, well manicured lawns, palm tree lined avenues; the whole thing looked surreal. Slowly found the way to Eureka while some tourists took the returning bus. Earlier during the escorted tour, the guide had pointed out to a huge statue of a mythological character holding on to the reins of three horses. He claimed that the three horses signified, RFC, Eenadu newspaper and the Eenadu TV channel. RFC is indeed a winning horse from the stables of the media baron Ramoji Rao.

RFC has a five star hotel and a three star hotel with an attached restaurant, besides one coffee house. But, the best coffee is available at the small café attached to the lobby/ ticket/ security entrance. The ticket is Rs 200 per head on Sunday and Rs 150 per head on weekdays. For children above three years of age it Rs 150 on a Sunday and Rs 100 on a weekday. The cost includes guided tour of the film city and transportation within. For those who want to take their own cars, you will have to pay Rs 700 per person. It is open from 9.30 to 3.30. There are two dance and stunts performances at 10.30 am and 4.30 pm respectively which will be very entertaining.

Raymond Tomb
Michel Joachin Marie Raymond, a French mercenary was a military commander and close friend of the second Asif Jah, Nizam Ali Khan. He was designated Amir-I-Jinsi or Controller of Ordinance by the Nizam. He undertook the construction of the Gunfoundries in Hyderabad. In time, he came to be loved by the local folk and was known for his loyalty and resolution. Joachim Marie Raymond, who served as one of Asaf jah II's generals. Born in France in 1755 A.D., he came to India and in 1786 joined the service of the ruling Nizam of Hyderabad as an ordinary soldier. He worked his way up rapidly, and when he died just twelve years later, in 1798, he was the commander of a 19,000-strong army. He was not only, held in high esteem by the Nizam, but also won the admiration of the common people. He was popular among the Hindus and Muslims alike; the Hindus called him Musa Ram, to the Muslims he was Musa Rahim. Writes historian Malleson: "No European of mark who followed him in India, ever succeeded in gaining to such an extent the love, the esteem, the admiration of the natives of the country."

His tomb is a black granite tombstone, conical in shape, about 60 m long, 30 m wide and 10 inches high, is held in great veneration. Less than a kilometer from here is a French garden where Raymond and his men were stationed. Traces of the military barracks may also still be seen here. An impressive obelisk of polished black granite, Raymond's tomb stands on a hillock to the East of Hyderabad.

Timings: 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Closed on Fridays

Sanghi Temple
Sanghi Temple Located about 25 km. from the heart of Hyderabad city is the picturesque Sanghi Nagar. Seen from several kilometers away is the Sanghi Temple complex with its 15 ft. tall sacred Raja Gopuram. The aura of divinity and the verdant slope around the temple complex is panoramic and breathtaking. This beautiful temple complex atop the hillock Paramanand Giri beckons the faithful devotees who seek God's infinite blessings.

As one approaches the road leading to the Paramanand Giri, a huge Maha Dwaram or gateway welcomes the visitors. A little further away, a long flight of steps leads to the entrance of the temple complex. Stone elephant heads form the banisters of the stairway. Standing at the foot of the hillock, one is awestruck to see the three Gopurams towering into the blue sky. And before ascending to the temple complex on top, one stops by at the shrine of Lord Anjaneya, son of the wind God, who is believed to guide the devotees to the abode of Gods. The red-faced Lord Anjaneya is the embodiment of death to the demons and his very name drives away all evils.

St.Josephs Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Joseph is located in the Gun foundry area and is perhaps the most beautiful in the twin cities. It was built around 1860 A.D. and has a distinctive Italian touch in the architecture. The towering central monument can hold a congregation of 500 people at a time. The ringing of the mammoth bell atop the structure to indicate the hours is indeed a pleasure to hear. In the main alcove inside the cathedral is an imitation of the famous 'Pieta' by Michelangelo.

Shopping
Shopping If you are game for shopping, Hyderabad will not let you down. Here you can shop for world famous pearls, jewellery, bangles, traditional arts & crafts, handicrafts, sarees, clothes from reputed international brands, what name you! The main shopping areas comprise Basheerbagh, Abids and Nampally.

Other favorite haunts are Begum Bazaar (for brassware), Laad Bazaar (for diamonds, pearls, bangles and precious metals), Sultan Bazar and Mahatma Gandhi Road. Begum Bazar is the largest market in the city.

If these are not enough, you can also rummage through Ameerpet, Himayatnagar, Begumpet, Somajiguda and Punjagutta. Besides, for the benefit of toursists, Andhra Pradesh Tourism has opened souvenir and handicraft shops christened 'Gnapika'.

Some of the items to look for while you are shopping in Hyderabad include Kalamkari, Himroo, Handloom Fabrics, Hyderabadi Lacquered Bangle, Lambadi Mirror-work and exquisite jewelery. You can also look out for Kondapalli toys bidri metal craft (silver inlaid on metal-copper and zinc), gun metal craft, stone carvings, wood carvings, brassware, Pembarthi sheet metal art besides Nirmal art and Kalamkari art.

Besides, there are plenty of sarees to cater to different tastes and choices. One of the specialties of Hyderabad is zardozi embroidery work. Some of the main shopping areas in Hyderabad are Charminar, Koti--Sultan Bazaar, Narayanguda—Chikkadpally and Monda Market. Besides, nowadays many new shopping malls have come up.

Eating Out
The dual nature of Hyderabad is also very evident in its unique cuisine. The Nizam's influence and its location in the South has made it a culinary melting point of South Indian Cuisine with Mughlai tastes from the North.

Hyderabadi cuisine is largely dominated by the Biryani, which is a rich preparation of meat cooked with flavoured rice cooked with nuts and other aromatic spices. Originally invented to feed the Nizam's armies in the field, it has since moved up from its humble beginnings. Apart from the biryani, other Mughlai staples like the Halim are also a must have. The best places to try these out are invariably in the "old" city.

Nightlife
The cosmopolitan nature of Hyderabad makes for a great nightlife. If you are seeking a thrill of Bacchus or something more-then the nightlife of Hyderabad will satiate all your 5 senses!

Hyderabad nightlife is pretty exciting. The nightlife of Hyderabad is further embellished by the quick rise of the number of pubs in the city. Another unique-and attractive feature of the Hyderabad nightlife is the excellent music and standard crowd. The entry price of most of the nightlife attractions is reasonable-so do not watch your pocket!

A partial list of nightlife hotspots in Hyderabad are:
  • Ahala-The Drama Lounge, Taj Krishna Road No 1, Banjara Hills
  • Touch- 1st Floor, Trendset Towers, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills
  • Liquids Again- Bhaskar Plaza, Road No.1, Banjara Hills
  • The Ebony Lounge- Golkonda Resorts and Spa Sagar Mahal Complex, Gandipet
  • Shisha- 2nd Floor Amrutha Mall, Somajiguda
  • Level Lounge- Central Court Hotel Near HDFC Bank, Lakdi-ka-pul
  • Lobby Lounge- Taj Banjara Road No 1, Banjara Hills
  • Fifth Element- Katriya Hotel and Towers Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda
  • Ecstasy- Near Osman Sagar Shankarpally Road, Gandipet
  • Afterlife- 12th Square building, A1 Ground Floor Road No. 12, Banjara Hills
  • Marco Polo-Classy Life Style Bar, ITC Kakatiya Sheraton, Begumpet
  • Atrium Bar- Taj Deccan, Road No 1, Banjara Hills
  • Firangi Paani- BJN Hotels Limited City Center 5th floor Road No.1 and 10, Banjara Hills
  • Seasons Bar- Taj Krishna Road, No.1, Banjara Hills
  • Dublin- The Welcome Pub 6-3-1187, ITC Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Begumpet
  • UndeRoadeck- Taj Banjara Road No.1, Banjara Hills
  • 10 Downing Street- Lifestyle Building, My Home Tycoon, Begumpet
  • Bottles and Chimney- Eastern Marketing Near Tirumala Music Center, Begumpet
  • Escape- The Fun Place Hotel, Green Park Greenlands, Begumpet
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